I really apperciate everyone’s advice, especailly the flip flop idea! Thank you chitownyogini :
Since I caused some confusion here are some more details.
We have 75 guest (potentially more because we haven’t received all of our RSVPs yet) minus the 14 people that will be standing (bridal party, officiant, photographer ect.), so we need at least 61 seats. We are getting married at a restuarant that is in converted old mansion, so while there is a ton of space the spaces aren’t huge since they’re rooms in what was once a home. Renting chairs isn’t the issue really since the restaurant has plenty of chairs but we had thought to rent benches because you could squeeze more people in, not as comfortable but at least not standing. My FH and I are willing to spend what is necessary to make it work. When we met with the event planner prior to booking a year ago he said 75 people would be no problem and most ceremonies are held in the upstairs restaurant.
Here is the upstairs room that we were thrilled to get married in. The art work really sold us because my FH is a traffic engineer.
Two weeks ago when we went for our menu selection the event planner (a new person) said this room could only fit 50 chairs and that was without standing room and suggested that we have a few rows for famly but the rest of the guest could stand. This didn’t sit well with us, obviously, so we started brainstorming other options.
There is a lovely marble staircase in the main restaurant that people have gotten married on, but again space is limited. Here is an example,
While this would be a great alternative for the ceremony, we are suppose to have our cocktail reception in the same area. Turning the room could take up ten minutes and shuffling people around like that isn’t something I’d like to do. Going from room to room would be easier and save time. Also, the event planner informed me today that a few weeks ago they had a 100+ wedding but only set up 40 chairs and the rest was standing room only. So this area isn’t any better than the first.
We do have the option of getting married outside but I live in New Jersey and honestly I’ve never experienced a warm November and while the outside is great, I don’t think I’d want to chance it.
There is a basement room, and orginially it was going to be used for the last hour & half of the wedding for dessert & coffee. I confrimed alittle bit ago (after I posted this thread) that we can seat 75 in there no problem.
This is the basement, not my favorite room but I’d rather have my guest comfortable than not. There will be some last minute shuffling around but it is what it is. The food and the cocktails are amazing here so either way we will have a nice time I think.
Thank you again for all the suggestions, we are trying really hard to make this work even if it wasn’t our first idea! I hope this makes alittle more sense